16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Wildlife Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trees of Mystery and Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crescent City: Cave Junction (Great Cats World Park & Tiger Preservation Center).

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Crescent City trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Crescent City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Crescent City are cooler (63°F), and nights are little chillier (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave Junction, Trees of Mystery, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Explore hidden gems such as Twin Peaks and Musee Mecanique. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday builder site .

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

Find out how to plan San Simeon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Panorama Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (81°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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